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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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MelbourneDie Meistersinger von NürnbergNew Production

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Pietari Inkinen; Kasper Holten; Opera Australia; Mia Stensgaard; Anja Vang Kragh; Natalie Aroyan; Stefan Vinke

MelbourneLa bohème

Yosep Kang (Rodolfo) and Maija Kovalevska (Mimì) © Jeff Busby
Puccini: La bohème
Pietro Rizzo; Gale Edwards; Opera Australia; Brian Thomson; Julie Lynch; Maija Kovalevska; Yosep Kang

MelbourneFrench Classics

Debussy, Prokofiev, Ravel
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Fabien Gabel; Beatrice Rana

MelbourneMazda Opera in the Bowl

Tahu Matheson; Natalie Aroyan; Sian Pendry; Virgilio Marino; Luke Gabbedy

MelbourneSonata for Strings

Sculthorpe, Debussy, Ravel, Elgar, Walton
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti

MelbourneVivica Genaux in concert

Hasse, Broschi, Porpora, Vivaldi, Handel
Orchestra of the Antipodes; Erin Helyard; Vivica Genaux
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Opera Australia revives its Berlin Bohème

Yosep Kang (Rodolfo) and Maija Kovalevska (Mimì) © Jeff Busby
A fine cast led by Maija Kovalevska conveys the timeless beauty and emotion of Puccini’s Parisian melodrama, but the 1930s Berlin setting remains an imperfectly realised transformation.
***11
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TAB’s Spartacus' All is fair in love, and gladiator gore

Kevin Jackson and Jake Mangakahia in TAB's Spartacus © Jeff Busby
The Australian Ballet’s adaptation of the historic Ancient Roman story fuses violence, seduction, and the anguish of separation. It delivers a mesmerising display of masculinity, through widly explosive battle scenes.
*****
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Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia

Marco Vratogna (Scarpia) © Jeff Busby
Remarkable singers and magnificent sets successfully transpose Puccini’s Tosca to Nazi-occupied Rome, bringing home the horror of tyranny and how possible it is to occur.
****1
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Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne

Corinne Winters (Violetta) © Jeff Busby
The quality cast purred, but glorious roars are required to jolt audiences from placid enjoyment of Opera Australia’s gorgeous 24-year-old production of this Verdi classic.
***11
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Sir Andrew Davis leads Elgar’s Gerontius in Melbourne

Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
The double choir triumphs in the MSO’s massive, mostly successful attack on an English choral masterpiece all too rarely performed in Australia.
***11
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Soloists and orchestra shine in MSO Opening Gala

Stuart Skelton © Simon Fernandez
A celebration of composer, soloist and orchestral excellence in an eclectic, if slightly eccentric, gala opening program to launch the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's 2018 season.
****1
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